Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats
Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.moodysbistro.com/
  • Phone: 5305878688
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:30pm; Dinner Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Guy Frenette
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music: Friday - Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Donner Pass Rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats
Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats is the place in Truckee for great food and atmosphere. With soulful music and delectable regional mountain cuisine, Moody’s gives visitors an experience reminiscent of the casual supper clubs of the 50's with a trans-generational style. The cuisine is fresh, seasonal and simple. Moody's is all about accommodation, offering different dinning experiences that fits multiple purses and wallets budgets with service that is superior and friendly. Join us for a quick bite or an extended multi-course dinner, our menu hosts many options. Our bar and lounge features live music Thursday through Saturday, two 50" televisions and a large projection screen all synchronized together. The dinning room is warm and inviting that is great for a family outing, business dinner or a romantic evening.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (10)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Anniversary Evening
    DMVGAL
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We enjoyed Moodys and will be back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time and good food!
    lvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great place to dine in Truckee! We had a great dining experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • They offered
    OGRay
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Have dined here before and it's always been great. This time was not so good. Calamari was undercooked and the lamb pasta dish tasted more like mutton. Server and management did offer to bring another dish but too late in the evening to start over. A bad experience was already well underway. This has always been a great restaurant at a great location. Not sure why they feel they have to offer "edgy" menu items. This time, in my opinion, they went too far trying to be creative?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Favorite
    Ktmdude55
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Moody's is our go to place in Truckee, has been for years. Food has actually improved in recent years and it was always good. Probably go twice a month or so. If you are looking for a casual, but good meal in a fun atmosphere, with a great bar, I doubt you will be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • working lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Small, but tasty menu, friendly service and a pleasant space in downtown Truckee. I only wish I had more time to explore!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food and service were both great for our small group. Our waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family friendly except the prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We hadn't been here since the '08 economic crunch and it was interesting to learn how Moody's adjusted their restaurant to adapt to the new economy. A few items specifically for children but the adult entres where more expensive and the choices were limited than I would expect to see in a restaurant that has shifted away from their former hi-end ambiance. Hence I knocked it down a couple stars
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising
    Chazz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Tartar was fantastic! Fish and chips good but the specialty ketchup w coke was "out of site"! Sampled tomato soup which will b definitelygre on the order next time. A gem w great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in Truckee
    StanfordFanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had not been in Truckee for over a year but were thrilled that Moody's was still as excellent as the last time we were there. Their menu offers choices for a light or full meal. It was hard to choose what to have. The salmon was wonderful. The table next to us had some small pizzas that looked very interesting - next time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truckee delivers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were very impressed by our dinner at Moody's. The food was outstanding, the portions surprisingly robust, and the service was excellent. We'd definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a tad disappointed
    Mellowrose
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Oh, the food was very good & I love the ambience of Moody's, but this visit just seemed a bit off. It might have been because we were taking friends there and I had built it up as a terrific place that they would love. The service was fine, but aloof rather than personable. My fried chicken with waffle spaetzle was good, but the greens underneath were bitter and off-putting. Did not care for the pickled tomatoes. Guess I wasn't expecting them. The hangar steak was rated "excellent" by 1 friend and the 2 salmon entrees were rated as "very good". The highlight for me this visit was the suburb pureed potato bacon soup topped with amazing blue cheese. This soup typified what I was expecting when we arrived - scrumptious loveliness!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't plan on conversation
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food tremendous, but too noisy. Imagine being in a casino with all the bells going off at once. Go before 6 or after 9. Tomato soup in pastry, excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server needs attitude adjustment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our drinks sat at the bar for 10 minutes, the server would mysteriously disappear for long stretches of time, finally one from our group retrieved the cocktails. Impossible to hear servers' description of specials. Disappears again, brings soup...no spoon,must ask again for bread, brings Mediterranean plate, no explanation of items, 20 minutes to receive undercooked halibut. (Out of salmon on the menu on a Monday night at 7???) , don't restaurants get deliveries on Mondays? Tried to speak with server regarding issues, she became argumentative & hostile...disappears again. Asked to change waiter, everyone else was helpful & friendly. Food was expensive & mediocre. Have eaten lunch there many times & enjoyed, but will never go back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time was great!
    Ihvreservations
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have never dined here before and I don't frequent Truckee much but when we return I will definitely revisit! We were pleasantly surprised!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice evening out
    TruckeeDiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    When you walk into Moody's, you immediately feel like you've entered into a warm, cozy, grown up place to relax and enjoy great food. It is a small town bar/restaurant with upscale food and wonderful service. The menu is innovative and the bar menu had plenty to choose from. I would highly recommend Moody's for your grown up night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go here!
    PanfiloCo
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Moody's has everything. The vibe is unique and very cool. Better than the ambience is the service and food. The place to go in Truckee. It would be successful even in Manhattan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    AnnHVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and I went to Moodys and while the temperature of the dining room was overly warm and uncomfortable, the food was fabulous and distracted us from this. Had their signature Ahi poke that brings us back everytime, the heirloom tomatoes that were bountiful and flavorful, and the hangar steak. Also cooked to perfection! While I would defer ther Bearnaise sauce on my meat next time (too rich for me) it was also very good. This place is always hopping and the food never disappoints! We had to take a late reservation, but well worth the wait!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding dinner
    VAPackersfan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Moody's. In fact, it was one of the best meals we have ever had!! We ordered the fresh halibut and the fresh salmon. They were both served over a bed of delicious veggies. We rarely order dessert, but decided to share the olive oil cake with peach yogurt sauce. It was great! We also enjoyed cocktails. Overall, we thought Moody's was outstanding and we hope to return there someday!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Regular
    RenoRob
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Moody's summer menu is not as good as the spring menu. Halibut is good, but hanger steak is not. Tomato salad is very good. Trying to be all things to all people - locals and tourists. They have indoor and outdoor seating. They have pizza, pasta, burger, and dinners. Full bar and nights with a band. One night burger and beer out front. Another night full dinner with halibut and wine. Again outside with pizza. Seems like a different place each time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nomad
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've been coming to Moody's for many years (well before the ownership split) Still consistently a very good meal. Great hanger steak. We visit Moody's almost every Truckee visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Hungry!
    robinettaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Portion sizes were minute, the noise level and poor acoustics made for difficult conversation. And, the lack of air conditioning made the restaurant uncomfortably hot on a warm evening. It's too bad, as the restaurant has a cool vibe and the food was tasty, if spartan. Our waitress seemed quite inexperienced. We used to love this place, now probably won't return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal at Moody's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have dined here many times and have always had consistently great meals, this time being no exception. Between the 4 of us we had the pork belly, devils on horseback, watermelon salad and tomato cart with burrata. The tomatoes with burrata were portioned for at least 2 people to share, the watermelon was a much smaller salad. Each was outstanding. Mains included 2 of the pizzas and the halibut. Great, personable service. Lively, a bit noisy, atmosphere with live music in the bar. Will definitely be back on our next trip to Truckee!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    frantastic
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This place has a very nice atmosphere and seemed to be like a very fun place to hang out with friends and have some good food. Being that I was dining with one other person, it's a little hard to sample a large variety of the items on the menu. The duck liver pate was good. The crab pizza was not so good. It lacked flavor and I don't think peas go well with crab. Perhaps they could have used a saltier cheese and maybe some mushrooms. Halibut had a nice crust on it, but was a little dry. We really wanted to have some deviled eggs, but no room for anymore food. The service was ok. The waiter just put the dessert menu on our table and walked away without saying anything. Weird. I might give this place another try to taste other items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 177 reviews are from the Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats reviews archive.
  • Sample the wine before you buy
    MaryBVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Ask for a small sample of the house wines before you settle on one. The sangiovese was mediocre for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but painfully loud
    radmanVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Serious food menu. Interesting preparations, fresh ingredients, nice wine list. Fair prices. But at least several nights a week they have live music, and at least the night we were there the band was so loud that even in the restaurant section the music was almost certainly up in the "unhealthy for all" levels. Management did not seem that interested in talking to the band about it, either.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charlie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Fun restaurant, menu is small and could be a little more creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • legs
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    the food is always very good. nice presentation. nicose salad, jalapeno hummus, ahi poke, fries, pizza's -- all favorites!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    BarbandjimVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We loved the appetizers, creative and delicious. Our favorite Truckee restaurant. Great music scene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Truckee restaurant
    moragamunchersVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Always enjoy our meal here. New chef and new menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience, must do 4 foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Moody's lived up to previous reviews hype. Great food, excellent service, wonderful ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incline
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Not as good as it was in the past several years. Some entrees were very good, others just good. They seemed to be out of a lot of wines.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trucker lunch
    FlygirlVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This is the 3rd time we have had lunch here. We had the Pizza with Hedgehog mushrooms maybe the best pizza we've ever had!,
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We got there late but were served like it was prime time. The food was excellent and the staff was attentive to our needs. I'm going back next time I'm in Truckee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch or casual dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I stayed at the Truckee Hotel for the week-end, so this restaurant was VERY convenient. The food was amazing, and the staff was super friendly. The truffled deviled eggs are to die for. They have different rooms you can eat in depending on what type of ambiance you are looking for. You can be in the front room with the band or in the Parlor room with the fire place- a little quieter spot to dine. I would recommend this spot to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The kitchen and wait staff
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The kitchen and wait staff were very attentive to our gluten-free needs. And the food was delicious. Try the house specialty tomato soup with large dough covering, and the new asparagus, burrata cheese, and egg salad. My daughter loved the hamburgers and mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Great service
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Very good spot in Truckee Fresh fish, fun atmosphere and very good service Our server had the kitchen make a non gluten poke which was excellent. Great place to stop if going to Tahoe.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super find in Truckee
    Luv2stealrecipiesVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The Truckee food scene has come of age! Great chefs = great food. Two hungry skiers enjoyed the imaginative menu all executed to perfection. From the truffled deviled eggs to the hearty smoked pork chop, lamb shank and persimmon cake for dessert. The the lamb braising reduction was exquisite. Parsnip puree-WOW! Thanks for the recipe! cipollini, swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, spaetzle all yum! Must be busy since some wine picks were sold out. Gin Martini was shaken to perfection. Will be back during next ski trip so restock your pinot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class & sophistication no more : ((
    fudisyum
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Have been frequenting for ten years, and will return, but... 2 complaints this time: Host was horrible...asked our name, did something on his list, then marched us to a tiny bar table right next to the music, threw our menus down and walked away. Did not greet us nor ask if the bar was ok, or if we had a preference. We had reservations, place was not sold out. We ordered appetizers & oysters.... all brought out at same time (no biggie) BUT our table was mini... think candle, S&P, bread, 2 bread plates, waters....Twice we suggested a larger table and twice we were ignored. Waitress actually chuckled and walked away. Calamari was awful; soft inside and out. Poke & paté always great. Miss the cheese plates and classic desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our 3rd time eating there
    Bill
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    And we have never been disappointed. Food and service were great. This is where we had Valentines Day dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    abavetta
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As Moody's has garnered a good local reputation in town I decided to try their mid afternoon lunch on Valentines day of this year. I ordered a hamburger medium rare and was disappointed. It was dry and overcooked and not as good as others available in town e.g. at the Blue Coyote.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate